Universities in Mexico City - QS Best Student Cities Ranking | Top Universities

Mexico City

By Staff Writer

Updated February 22, 2021 Updated February 22, 2021

QS Best Student Cities ranking: 53rd

Mexico’s lively and unique capital boasts an impressive selection of world-class universities, with no less than eight universities in (or close to) the city featuring in the QS World University Rankings® 2020. Its leading institution, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), is well established as one of the top universities in Latin America and is a regular fixture at the top of QS’s dedicated ranking for the region.

Mexico City is typically described as a place of contrasts and variety. Students choosing to study here should be aware of the city’s reputation for pollution and crime and be prepared for these aspects. Nevertheless, the city is also known and loved for its grand old colonial-era buildings, its traditional street food, historic sites and archaeological excavations, vibrant annual carnival celebrations, and diverse nightlife.

In addition, Mexico City scores impressively for affordability, due to relatively low tuition fees and low living costs, especially when compared to cities in North America, western Europe and Australia, for example.

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Internationally ranked universities in Mexico City

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)Universidad Anáhuac; Universidad Panamericana (UP); Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN); Instituto Tecnológico Autonomo de México (ITAM)Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA)Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM)Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (UAEMex)

More about Mexico City

Number of universities ranked by QS


Highest-ranked institution

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) (103rd)



Average international fees (at ranked unis)


Desirability rank


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Affordability rank


Student View rank


To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, 
view the methodology.

This article was originally published in November 2015 . It was last updated in February 2021

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